Medical examiner: Newtown school shooting ‘the worst I have ever seen’
Authorities in Connecticut released the names on Saturday of the 26 victims in the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school as the state’s medical examiner described his team’s findings at the scene.
“I’ve been at this for a third of a century, my sensibilities may not be the average man’s, but this is probably the worst I have ever seen, the worst that I know any of my colleagues have seen,” said Dr. H. Wayne Carver II at a press conference Saturday, confirming that each of victims in the six autopsies he personally performed suffered multiple gunshot wounds, many of them from long range.
“Obviously the manner of death on all these cases has been classified as homicide,” Carver said.
The names of the student victims released were: Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Madeleine F. Hsu, 6; Catherine V. Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Aveille Richman, 6; Benjamin Wheeler, 6 Allison N. Wyatt, 6.
The Sandy Hook staff members killed in Friday’s attack were: Rachel Davino, 29; Dawn Hocksprung, 47; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Lauren Russeau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; and Victoria Soto, 27.
Carver said he would examine the bodies of the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, and his mother, Nancy Lanza, Sunday.
WVIT-TV reported that Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, released a statement Saturday, saying his family had cooperated with authorities and expressing sympathies for the families of the loved ones.
“Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy,” he said in the statement. “No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. We too are asking why.”
Watch Carver’s press conference, as aired Saturday on NBC, below.